O2 Dome Bus station - North Greenwich
Next to the O2 Dome at North Greenwich is the Bus station located.
The North Greenwich bus station is served by these buses:
-108 Stratford Bus Station and Lewisham Bus Station
-129 Greenwich Town Centre / Cutty Sark
-132 Geddes Place
-161 Chislehurst War Memorial
-188 Russell Square Station
-422 Bexleyheath Bus Garage
-472 Thamesmead Town Centre
-486 Friswell Place
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
First Capital Connect DaySave
This is a ticket that offers unlimited travel on First Capital Connect (FCC) train services - this ticket is only available at several Tourist Information Centres (TIC) in the London area and Greenwich is one of these. However purchasers should note that FCC trains do not serve Greenwich - the nearest station you could use this ticket is London Bridge mainline.
You can use the ticket on all Thameslink Netork services (Brighton - Bedford and Wimbledon branches) FCC trains only. After 10.00 an not for north bound services leaving Moorgate or St Pancras between 16.30 and 19.01 for any journey between St Albans and Bedford inclusive.
1 day - adult £17. Up to 4 accompanied children - £2 each. (2013 prices)
Only available at the TIC at Pepys House, 2 Cutty Sark Gardens. NOT available at Greenwich or Maze Hill stations or at the DLR stations.
I bet they have never sold a ticket - however good value if required. I have included the FCC website link but it does not mention the ticket - however good for maps and train times.
If you can't walk on the water, walk under it!
There are various options for reaching Greenwich, which is on the South side of the river Thames from the North side, which is incidentally where I live. You can drive through the Blackwall or Rotherhithe tunnels, take the Tube, a bus or even the hugely terrifying Air Line cable car if you are an adrenaline junkie. There is, however, another slightly quirky way with a great deal of history behind it and I rather like it. That way is the Greenwich Foot Tunnel.
I was recently showing VT member Regina1965 round the East End and Greenwich. I asked her if she fancied seeing the tunnel and she said she did so that was decided. It runs from Island Gardens at the Southern end of the Isle of Dogs on the North side to just beside the Cutty Sark on the South side. You can tell each end of it by the distinctive dome shaped entrances (pictured). I had not been through the tunnel for a long time and I had remembered the lovely wooden lift compartments, complete with seats that used to take you up and down if you didn't fancy the stairs. Well, as you can see, the interior is still as it was but a recent refurbishment has installed very modern glass and chrome doors. Frankly, I think they are hideous and I am surprised they were allowed to instal them in such a historic place.
Once at the bottom, it becomes a slightly eerie place although it is perfectly safe. It is colder than above ground, always feels slightly damp and it echoes. I know it has been used as a location for numerous videos and films. I don't mind it but I have walked friends through here before who positively hated it and it is certainly not recommended for claustrophobes. Regina mentioned that it made her feel slightly off balance which is a reaction I had not encountered before and no, we hadn't been to the pub first (that came later)!
So how did this excellent piece of engineering come into being? Begun in the last year of the 19th century and completed in 1902, it was primarily a means of bringing workers from the South side of the river to their places of employment in the London Docks. There was a ferry previously but it was not reliable so the tunnel was built, mostly at the urging of Will Crooks, a famous local politician of the time.
One thing to beware of here is cyclists. Despite numerous signs telling them not to, inconsiderate cyclists still insist on riding through the tunnel. Don't get me wrong, I am a cyclist myself and have nothing against the concept but it is fools like this that get us all a bad name. An additional nuisance is skateboarders who mostly infest the place at the weekends.
The tunnel is always open although the lifts may not be working all the time and you'll have toi use the stairs. It is a bit of a trek but not too bad. It is free to use. You really should take a wander through here if you are in the area.
- Budget Travel
- Historical Travel
Olympics: Avoid the Tube; take the Train
The London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics will run from July 27 to August 12 and from August 29 to September 9 respectively. Public and road transport throughout London will most likely be prone to delays, confusion, and severe overcrowding during these times, particularly during the Olympic Games. Greenwich Park is hosting Equestrian and Pentathlon events the following dates specifically: Jul. 28 - 31, Aug. 2 - 6, 8 - 9, 11 - 12, 30 - 31, and Sept. 1 - 4.
Most tourists in London tend to follow the Tube network for public transportation, as this is a main method of travel within central London. By following that well-known Tube map, they would make their way to Greenwich via the Jubilee Line and then transfer to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Cutty Sark. This route will therefore likely be very crowded and miserable during the dates above.
What is not evident on the Tube map is the regular surface commuter train network. You can take these trains using your same Oyster Card or travel card that you would use on the Tube/DLR. Trains run directly to Greenwich Station from Charing Cross, Cannon Street, and London Bridge stations in central London. I would, however, avoid getting on or off at London Bridge, as Network Rail will be implementing insanely confusing routes in and out of that station that will most likely cause more delays and crowding.
There are also direct trains from Charing Cross, Cannon Street, London Bridge, and also Victoria to Blackheath Station. Blackheath is a small quaint village near the upper (south) entrance to Greenwich Park. It's a pleasant 15 minute walk across the Heath from the station.
The trains are more direct, faster, and generally much more civilised. Furthermore, you will likely be travelling against the regular commuting crowd, so reasonably likely to get an actual seat. I would recommend this route to Greenwich, whether or not there are Olympic Games on. Trains generally run every 20 minutes.
- The usual web-site for travel planning by commuter train is: www.nationalrail.co.uk
- Web-site specifically for planning travel during the Games: www.london2012.com/venue/greenwich-park/travel
- Another web-site: www.londonjourneyolympics.org
- Theme Park Trips
- Horse Riding
Train to Greenwich
Many tourists think that the only way the way to Greenwich is the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). This is because a quick look at the tube map shows Greenwich can be reached in this way but although this is a good way to get to Greenwich the main line train is actually quicker.
Take a train directly from Charing Cross, Waterloo East, Cannon Street or London Bridge and the journey is less than 15 minutes - Greenwich is the stop after Deptford. This is Londons oldest railway route.
The trains are modern, clean and off peak there are always seats. The website link has more details. The train company is South Eastern Trains.
Greenwich station (pictured) is a recently renovated building and a short walk (turn left outside the station) to the town centre. The station has a small cafe, toilets and a book stall.
To Greenwich town centre: 177, 180, 188, 286, 386
To Greenwich Park (Blackheath): 53, X53.
The 188 bus from Russell Square comes through the town centre on its way to North Greenwich Underground station.
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Docklands Light Railway direct to Cutty Sark.
Cutty Sark station is a twenty-minute journey from Bank and Tower Gateway Stations and only ten minutes from Canary Wharf, where you change from the Jubilee Line to the DLR using the covered walkway to Heron Quays Station.
Lewisham and Stratford are major gateways for those coming from Kent and Essex respectively.
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
- Women's Travel
DLR to Greenwich
The Docklands Light Railway is a urban metro style railway that operates between the City at Tower Gateway and east to Docklands and east London but was recently extended south of the river to Greenwich. Although the mainline station is more conveniently situated for the centre of Greenwich , Cutty Sark station is more conveniently situated for the town centre, the National Maritime Museum, the former Greenwich Hospital (London), the covered market, and other tourist attractions. The DLR also stops at the mainline Greenwich station. South from Greenwich in the opposite direction, it rises on a concrete viaduct to follow the River Ravensbourne upstream to Deptford Bridge and Lewisham.
It is in zones 2 and 3.
The journey is full of interest as the driver less train wends its way through Docklands - it travels high on raised viaducts that bend and weave through the high buildings. Just before Island Gardens the line drops underground and under the Thames before arriving still underground at Greenwich Cutty Sark.
The Thames Clippers company offers a transportation to Central London by boat from the North Greenwich Pier at The O2 Dome. From The London Bridge Pier the journey is 30 minutes; from the Waterloo Pier the journey takes 29 minutes.
Ticket price: A single journey on The O2 express is £6.
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
- Sailing and Boating
The North Greenwich underground station
The Jubilee tube line offers a quick journey from central London to North Greenwich.
The North Greenwich station is a very modern one with sliding door on the platforms for maximum security. It was opened in May 1999.
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
Boat to Greenwich
One of the most impressive ways to reach Greenwich is by boat from central London. The landing stage is conveniently situated near to the town centre and all of the towns riverside and town centre visitor must sees.
The journey time is 60 minutes from central London and there are a number of piers you can catch the boat to Greenwich at. The fastest journey to Greenwich is from Tower Pier which is only 30 minutes and so if you are on a tight schedule or simply do not want to be on a boat too long this is the best journey for you.
There are several operators on the Thames and the website I have chosen describes each one - read this and make your own mind up.
Bus to Greenwich
The bus to Greenwich would not be as fast as a train but for those who want to use the bus the town is well served by London's buses. There are many suburban routes but the one route that most tourists use is the 188 which goes from Russell Square/Holborn Station/Waterloo Station in central London to Greenwich.The bus stops outside the National Maritime Museum. The journey to Greenwich takes about 60 minutes and runs every 10 minutes.
- Road Trip
Other ways of transport to Greenwich
You can catch the overground train from Charing Cross, Waterloo East or London Bridge with 2 going every hour.
Alternatively the jubilee underground line goes to Greenwich North but then you have to catch a bus into the centre.
Otherwise the more expensive way is to travel by boat from Tower Pier, Westminster Pier, Thames Pier or Charing Cross Pier sometimes you can get a discount through a website like www2for1entry.co.uk with a rail ticket or sometimes on your oyster card. Mostly a boat trip is included if yu take a hop on hop off bus tour around London
Docklands Light Rail (DLR)
The DLR is a driverless light rail train and a delightful way to travel to Greenwich cause its a mini tour in itself, why not sit up front and pretend to drive or simply take a video.
If you have time my suggestion is you take the DLR to the Isle of Dogs and walk through the Greenwich Foot tunnel that goes under the thames and links the 2 sides of the river exit at the Cutty Sark. It is 1,217 feet in length and 50ft deep the tunnel is lined with 200,000 white tiles. From the Isle of Dogs you can get some wonderful pictures of Greenwich. There is a spiral staircase and a lift although the lift does not run at all hours.
If you are in a hurry or do not relish the walk I suggest again the DLR to Cutty Sark stop.
Remember if you are using your oyster card you will need to touch the yellow oyster reader to exit even though there are no barriers.
If you're visiting Greenwich from London you should travel by boat at least one direction, it's a nice leisurely 30-35 minute ride, going under all the famous bridges in London, past the Tower, the Globe Theater, St. Paul's Cathedral, the business district and more. In January 2008, we paid £2.60 for a one way ticket since we both had Oystercards for the tube/buses. The website now says it's £3.60 with a travelcard, £5.50 without one, perhaps it went up since our visit. You can also get a Roamer pass for £8 (£18 for a family of 2 adults/2 children), £5.20 with a travelcard, it's good for unlimited rides between 10am-5pm.
On our July 2008 trip, we used the 2 for 1 discounts that you can get with a travelcard or train ticket valid on that day, I think she should have charged us £16 for 2 adult roamer passes with the 2 kids free but instead charged us £12 (1 adult and 1 kid free)
We picked it up at the London Bridge Pier near London Dungeons and got off at Embankment on the return trip, there are several other stops in central London including near St. Paul's, Waterloo and the Tower of London. Ferries run frequently, every 20 minutes.
The Thames Clipper is a commuter boat, not a narrated excursion and the seating on the boats is mostly enclosed although some do have small outside sections so if you want to take good photos or get commentary, you might be better off on one of the more expensive tourist cruises like City Cruises